Taj Mahal controversy: A controversy had erupted after a brochure released by UP Government didn't mention iconic Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site, in its list of tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh.
A day after the Taj Mahal controversy erupted, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar pradesh, terming it as ‘Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja (Useless ruler of a town plunging into darkness)’. “The sun doesn’t lose any of its brightness if you fail to point a candle at it. It is this kind of rule that (poet) Bhartendu (Harishchandra) was referring to when he coined the phrase ‘andher nagri, choupat raja’ (useless ruler of a town plunging into darkness),” Rahul Tweeted. A controversy had erupted after a brochure released by UP Government didn’t mention iconic Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site, in its list of tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh, The Hindu reported. The booklet, reportedly released last weekend, mentioned Naimisharanya, Allahabad, Chitrakoot and a host of other places, but didn’t make a mention of Agra or the Taj Mahal. Soon after the news became public, the Uttar Pradesh government issued a press release, denying media reports about ignoring the Taj. It said the state government has proposed a slew of tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore, around half of which is meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas.
“Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra,” the release read. As per a PTI report, these new projects have been prepared in consultation with the World Bank and submitted to the Union government for approval, which is expected within the next three months, the release read. Adityanath led UP Government had not included Taj Mahal as a part of Uttar Pradesh’s cultural heritage at the time of presenting state budget for 2017-18, Hindustan Times had reported. No mention of Taj Mahal was made in the special section ‘Hamari Sanskritik Virasat’ (Our Cultural Heritage) incorporated in the finance minister’s 63-page speech.
Also, quite recently, Adityanath had said that gifting a replica of Taj Mahaj was not a part of Indian culture, Indian Express had reported. Speaking at an event in Bihar, Adityanath had said, “Earlier, when the head of state would go abroad, he would take something as gift that would represent Indian culture. Similarly, when heads of states from other countries would visit India, they would be given a replica of Taj Mahal or any other minaret that was not in consonance with Indian culture.”